On arrival at my school, I felt the need to expose my learners to endless possibilities and knowledge through global collaboration courses. I felt the urgency to build their 21st century skills, and we decided to participate in Level Up Village courses notwithstanding the barriers and challenges we would face as learners from a low income school who have never had such an opportunity.
Level Up Village is a way of connecting across oceans, across continents, across languages and, most importantly, across hearts. Once learning about this program, it became clear that we, as a school, wanted to become a part of it! Inquiry, engineering design, collaboration, communication, and empathy are all core components of our school and this program brought them to the forefront and tested our students in new and interesting ways.
For the past five years, I’ve looked for ways to enrich my experience as a Math teacher at Dr. Pillai Global Academy (DPGA) in Mumbai, India. DPGA prides itself on being a “maximum opportunity” learning environment school, designed to impart education that empowers children to pursue a globally challenging career. The focus is on activity-oriented teaching and beyond-the-classroom methods. That’s why Level Up Village was perfect for us.
Robbins, North Carolina, is a rural town that just 1,180 people call home. Many of the children in this quiet community don’t have an opportunity to travel to see distant places. However, twenty-five of our 4th-grade students now have good friends more than 7,900 miles away in eastern Africa.
In March of 2016, I departed for Ukraine, and after three months of intense culture and language training, I received my site placement in the small town of Zalishchyky, Ternopilska Oblast. I was assigned to Zalishchyky State Gimnasia which is a specialized Middle School and High School that ranks among the top schools in Ukraine due its uncommon access to resources and passionate teachers. My primary role in the school is to serve as an expert English Language Teacher. … My third role is to create and implement projects for our school and community. Level Up Village (LUV) has become one of many projects.
Greenwich, Connecticut – November 20, 2017 – Level Up Village (LUV) and Zaniac Greenwich today announced they are teaming up to bring one of LUV’s innovative global STEAM (STEM + Arts) programs to Zaniac’s vacation camp this December. LUV’s Global Inventors course will provide students the opportunity to connect and collaborate one-on-one with peers from Hong Kong on a 3D printing project applied to real-world issues.
Athens, Georgia, and Laramie, Wyoming, both witnessed at least a partial solar eclipse back in August, and both are home to state universities, but did you know both cities recently hosted K12 education conferences? In early November, Athens welcomed hundreds of Georgia teachers and administrators to learn new ideas about implementing STEAM (STEM + Arts), and about a week later, scores of K-20 educators from around Wyoming descended on Laramie to learn how to make learning more relevant and engaging for students in the 21st century. Both conferences set out to revolutionize education. Here are the highlights:
One of the most exciting trends we’ve seen at Level Up Village in the past two years is how our courses are increasingly being offered by schools looking to combine global cross-curricular projects with foreign language. Educators are well aware that they can supercharge their students’ foreign language learning by providing meaningful, real-world opportunities to practice their communication skills. In fact, researchers have learned that second language learning is most effective when students are really excited about the task they’re working on and language is merely the tool they need to get the work done.
When I joined Gayaza High School in 2016, I was relatively quiet until third term when I was enrolled in the “I am Malala” class. I was so fascinated with Malala’s courage to fight for what nearly got her killed. It was at that moment I asked myself what I believe in and what is worth fighting for.
“Level Up Village has allowed our students to branch outside the walls of Lincoln Elementary School into a global setting where they are solving real world problems,” said Shannon Hill, Instructional Partner at Lincoln Elementary. “Through the use of one to one video message exchanges with their assigned global partner, our students learned about different cultures, causing them to connect both physically and emotionally to this project. It amazes me to see 3rd grade students rise up to the challenge by designing fully functional solar powered flashlights through digital software and 3D printing.”